A delicious way to start the day, these waffles are amazing topped with fresh berries and syrup. That is, if you don't eat them warm right out of the waffle iron. This recipe used with permission from Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way, Clarkson N. Potter, Copyright C 2006 by Lorna Sass.
1⅓ cups plus 1 Tbsp Maskal Teff™ grain, preferably brown, or 1½ cups Maskal Teff™ flour
2½ tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp white sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1¼ to 1½ cups well-shaken buttermilk
6 Tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp molasses
Fresh berries for garnish
Maple syrup or honey for serving
If using whole teff, place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the grains and toast, stirring constantly, until they emit a toasty aroma and begin to pop, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer to a bowl to cool.
Place about ⅓ of the grains in a spice grinder, and process to a fine flour, 30 to 45 seconds. While processing, shake the spice grinder up and down to distribute the grains. Repeat with the remaining grains. You should have about 1½ cups of teff flour.
Place the teff flour in large bowl and combine it with the baking powder, white sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs, 1¼ cups buttermilk, butter and molasses.
Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients until barely blended. Do not overmix. If the batter is too thick to easily spread over the waffle iron, or thickens while standing, stir in the remaining buttermilk.
If you plan to serve the waffles all at once, preheat the oven to 200°F.
Heat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. When a drop of water thrown on the waffle iron sizzles, spoon on enough batter to cover ¾ of the surface. Close the lid and bake until the waffle is golden brown and the edges are crisp. Since teff contains no gluten, the waffles will be fragile, so remove them gently by prying up one corner with a fork and then sliding a spatula underneath to lift them up.
Serve immediately or, to keep the waffles warm, place them in a single layer on a rack in the oven.
Garnish with berries. Pass maple syrup or honey at the table.
Variation: Add 3 Tbsp sesame seeds and/or 2 Tbsp dried currants to the batter.
THE TEFF COMPANY
The Teff Company has been supplying the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities for over thirty years with American-grown Maskal Teff. With fertile fields and ecologically-sensitive farming methods, some of the best quality teff in the world is produced in Idaho.